2021 May

May 6: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on May 6

May 6th is officially No Diet Day and Beverage Day.

Welcome to day 126 of 365! We’re still 239 days away from celebrating the new year, but we’ve gotta look forward to something right?

For those of you who were born on May 6th, your zodiac sign is Taurus.

Is today your birthday? Be sure to find out all the historical events that happened on this day, including events related to war, literature, music, celebrities and so much more.

Did you know that on this day in 1840, the world’s first adhesive postage stamp in a public postal system was used? It was named the Penny Black used in the United Kingdom.

Keep reading for more facts about May 6th in history!

What Happened On May 6 In History?

2004

The final episode of “Friends” aired.

The 10th season of "Friends" was its last. The final episode, "The One Where They Say Goodbye" had 52.5 million viewers. It was the 5th most watched TV finale in the history of the US, and the most watched episode of any TV series in the 2000's decade.
2002

Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, more commonly known as SpaceX, was founded by Elon Musk.

1997

Both Michael Jackson and the Bee Gees were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

1994

Bobcat Goldthwait was charged with two misdemeanors after setting a chair on fire during his appearance on “The Tonight Show.”

Source LA Times
1960

United States President Eisenhower signed the Civil Rights Act of 1960.

OTD in 1960: United States President Eisenhower signed the Civil Rights Act of 1960.
This Act incurred punishment for anyone who tried to stop anyone else's attempt to register to vote. It was written in order to handle the discriminatory laws and practices in the South, especially to protect African-American and Mexican voters.
1954

British man, Roger Bannister, became the first athlete to run one mile in less than four minutes.

1941

Bob Hope performed his first United Service Organization show at California’s March field, for service members and their families.

Source USO
1840

The world’s first adhesive postage stamp, the Penny Black, was used in a public postal system in the United Kingdom.

OTD in 1840: The world's first adhesive postage stamp
1835

The first issue of the New York Herald was published by James Gordon Bennett, costing 1 cent per issue.

1527

The Sack of Rome occurred.

14,000 German troops and 6,000 Spanish troops attacked Rome in a manner resembling the barbarian pillages about 1,000 years prior. There were only 5,000 militiamen protecting the city. The Sack of Rome is regarded as the end of the Italian High Renaissance.

Did you know that on this day, May 6th 1840, the world's first adhesive postage stamp in a public postal system was used?